(MENAFN - Arab News) Makkah's umm al-qura university will host a two-day forum on wednesday and thursday on haj and umrah with the participation of over 40 scientific papers under the aegis of the custodian of the two holy mosques institute for haj research (cthmihr).
'the forum seeks to improve haj and umrah services as well as services for visitors with the help of scientific research and modern technology in order to help pilgrims perform their rituals more efficiently" bakri al-assas president of umm al-qura university said in a statement made to the saudi press agency on saturday.
researchers specialists officials and companies specializing in haj and umrah will present their studies and proposals in addition to comparing notes on ensuring maximum pilgrim safety and security.
he also said that the institute a subsidiary of the university cooperates with government departments private agencies and researchers to learn from past experiences and to improve crowd management.
atef asghar rector at the institute said that all the research papers in the forum would be printed and recorded.
he said the first session of the forum will deal with the management economy and jurisprudence of the haj and umrah.
it will cover the administrational and operational aspects of haj and umrah services and ways to enhance service efficiency as well as ways to improve economic social psychological and legal needs. this includes eradicating beggary enhancing volunteer services and increasing charitable food distribution.
the second session will discuss environmental and health issues during the haj and umrah while the third session will look into the past experience and expertise acquired by the government and private establishments and how to benefit from these experiences in devising improved future policies.
the fourth session will discuss the adoption of modern technology for improving haj and umrah management and is also set apart for media studies awareness and guidance programs for pilgrims.
the last session will discuss matters such as crowd management urban and engineering studies and environmental topics including flood and drainage systems.